Around the AL East

Around the AL East
May 5, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Swinging around the American League East:

*Yankees: Maybe we’ll see Alex Rodriguez back on a baseball field this season after all. Last week, the Yankees third baseman/salary albatross was cleared to begin baseball activities as he continues to recover from hip surgery in January. He is scheduled to travel to the club’s complex in Tampa, Fla., on Monday to begin the next phase of his rehab.

"Every conversation we have had with the physical therapist, he is exactly where he needs to be and he is on time and working hard,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, as reported by the New York Post.

If A-Rod is on schedule, he could return in July, after the All-Star break.

*Rays: It sounds like David Price still isn’t ready to let go of his brouhaha with umpire Tom Hallion. Price and teammates Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore, plus Hallion, were fined for the incident and its fallout last month. Price says Hallion cursed at him, Hallion called Price a “liar” for saying so and the three Rays tweeted some things about the matter that Major League Baseball found unbecoming.

But just a couple of days ago, Price said he doesn’t consider the incident over.

"I definitely would like an apology. I think that's the way it should go," Price said, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.

Price’s manager, Joe Maddon, wants to put the whole thing in the rearview mirror.

"A lot of this stuff, really, as far as I'm concerned, it's over," Maddon said. "I would like to believe everybody involved believes the same way.”

*Red Sox: The Red Sox hit a little offensive bump in Texas, scoring one run combined in losses on Friday and Saturday. For those who were suddenly worried, second baseman Dustin Pedroia had a message:

“Everything's going to be OK. Calm the you-know-what down,” said Pedroia (via the Boston Herald), who was 3-for-last-22 heading into Sunday’s game. “I'm OK — good hitters get hits, man, we'll be all right.’’

*Blue Jays: The team’s struggles this season — which includes a 4-12 record against AL East teams — were reflected by the Toronto crowd’s reaction on Saturday. The fans booed during an 8-1 loss to the Mariners.

Manager John Gibbons said he can understand their reaction.

"They have a right to be angry and frustrated. How am I going to say otherwise?" Gibbons said, as quoted by mlb.com. "They're not more frustrated than we are, that's for sure.

“You just got to deal with it. You just got to play better and get out of it. There's no magic bullets. Just good baseball will [solve the problems]."